Democracy in Muslim Societies: The Asian Experience

Democracy in Muslim Societies: The Asian Experience

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Author: Zoya Hasan
Several Contributors/
Translator(s)/ Edito: Zoya Hasan
Publisher: Sage Publications
Year: 2007
Language: English
Pages: 266
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780761935667


Democracy in Muslim Societies: The Asian Experience explores the character of the political transformation and democratic transition in the Asian Muslim world. It asks whether democracy is appropriate and desirable as a political system for non-Western societies, and assesses the extent of actual democratization in each of the countries studied, namely, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan and Turkey.

The book questions the widely held view that the socio-political ethos of Islam as a religion, and of Muslim countries as societal units, prevents Muslims from adopting democracy as a form of government. The contributors argue that this perception comes from post-9/11 studies of Arab states and that non-Arab Muslim populations in Asia and Africa do not fit the same mould. At the same time, it is clear that a single model of democracy cannot work across these six countries because each country has a different history and has tread on a different path in the quest for democracy.

Ultimately, this book concludes that there is no fundamental incompatibility between Islam and democracy in the Asian Muslim societies.


Foreword by
M. Hamid Ansari


Zoya Hasan

1. The struggle for Democracy in Bangladesh
Amena Mohsin and Meghna Guhathakurta

2. The Indonesian Experience in
Implementing Democracy
Adriana Elisabeth

3. The History of the Democratic Movement in
Iran in the 20th Century
Sadegh Zibakalam

4. Islam and Democracy in Malaysia
Abdul Rahman Embong

5. Functioning of Democracy in Pakistan
Mohammad Waseem

6. Interaction of Democracy and Islam in Turkey
Korel Goymen

About the Editor and Contributors